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admin| 24 Apr 2010| 0 comments

I’ve been playing a lot with my 46″ Umbrella (both reflective and shoot thru), 24″ x 24″ softboxes a lot, and after a lot of reading, I was really inspired by the the one and only Todd Owyoung’s approach in building his own beauty dish. Anyway, two weeks ago, I started going to dollar stores and hardware stores and look for the right parts and had my good friend Kevin from Violets and Viruses to help me build this beast.

Like Todd, I own the EzySoft softbox so I just used the Lastolite’s hotshoe mount to make my life easier. I bought 3 more screw nuts so I can easily remove and reinsert the mount.

Here are some photos of the beauty dish during construction

During construction of the DIY Beauty Dish

During construction of the DIY Beauty Dish


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admin| 12 Apr 2010| 1 comment

I rarely do any review of any sort of equipment and I’m not sponsored by any. However, people who have known me knows I’ve been searching for the “perfect” camera bag or equipment bag for the past few years. I’ve used traditional camera bags and belt systems from different manufacturers. At a certain time, I’ve also considered designing my own bag and get it tailor made. That is, until I found the shootsac. Shootsac is designed by the famous Jessica Claire.

Last weekend’s engagement was the first time I’ve actually used my shootsac while on a job and honestly, I love it. Usually after any length of shoots, my shoulder feels sore and tired from carrying my extra lenses, flash and accessories. However, the material from this bag is very soft and light, and the best part is, it’s not bulky at all. During the 3 hours of shooting, I honestly forgot I was carrying equipment with me on my shoulder. Of course, this is not a traditional camera bag and it is not going to change the way you transport or store your equipment for any certain job. With that said, there were times when I placed my camera (without the vertical grip) and two lenses and walked along.

I highly recommend this bag if you have the same criteria as I do,
1. Easy on shoulder
2. Not bulky
3. Look good!
4. Easy access to your equipment (Shootsac has a total of 6 pouches, the 3 at the front are meant for lenses/flash, and the back 3 are meant for accessories – perfect for batteries, and my Pocket Wizards)

Shootsac

Shootsac


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admin| 30 Mar 2010| 2 comments

Ever since the emergence of bigger megapixel cameras, the demand of drive space has considerably gone up. The original Canon 5D would consistently yield file sizes to 10-15mbs per file, yet the new Canon 5D Mark II is now easily 30mbs over per file. One of the most important thing to a photographer is to backup his/her work. To me, I usually backup all the photos I shot after I take my CF card out of my cameras in case one of my compact flash cards gets damaged, or lost. My Epson P-3000 has been very reliable for me over the past two or so years. However, the 40GB of space is simple not enough to backup a day’s worth of work and I decided it was time to upgrade the hard drive.

I basically followed Julius Lagula’s guide to upgrading and it was a success. One important thing to mention tho, is that it does not like any drives other than Fujitsu drives. I first purchased a Samsung 160GB PATA 2.5 hard disk but the P-3000 wouldn’t take it. Luckily I had a Fujitsu 120GB drive installed in my older laptop so I swapped the parts. Apparently Fujitsu drives uses less power than all the other brands out there.

Quick notes to get started,
1. Fujitsu 2.5 hard drive
2. Tools required: 2 different Phillips screwdrivers and a really small hex key (not sure about the proper size number)
3. Be organized because there are tons of little screws
4. Software such as Acronis or Clonezilla

The tools: hex key and 2 phillips screwdriver

The tools: hex key and 2 phillips screwdriver


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